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The Fade In Time

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar. 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Nest Collective
  • ASIN: B00RK4PWLQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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London Folk artist Sam Lee returns with The Fade In Time, a follow up to 2012's Ground Of Its Own - which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Sam takes a 21st Century view on Folk traditions from the UK and around the world - re-imagining the British folk tradition through the eyes of the wider world. The music takes a path from Gypsy Traveller songs, through Japanese court music to wedding marches from Tajikistan - a truly global journey, with English folk song at its heart. Sam's 5 piece band recorded the album with Arthur Jeffes (of Penguin Cafe Orchestra) and Jamie Orchard-Lisle.

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I am loving this album; it is a very idiosyncratic and individual offering indeed.
The big difference between this and his debut (which I also mainly enjoyed) is that The Fade In Time is far more confident, listener-friendly and, to put it simply, not trying quite so hard. For me, Sam has had a tendency in the past to use an eclectic range of instruments and textures for reasons that, to these ears, made little aural sense - you can perform anything to a kazoo and Japanese nose flute accompaniment if you want to, but is it really adding anything to the emotional or atmospheric message of the song? On this new record, and with the help of the Penguin Cafe production team, such excesses have been largely expunged. The field recordings in particular are used to really wonderful effect.
Of course, Sam's voice - and the ambition of the arrangements - means that he is always going to be something of a 'Marmite' artist, but for those who like to be challenged by their music, this is a genuinely superb recording that will only grow in time. It scores 4.6/5.
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This one certainly stands out from the crowd, rather than been glossily produced to recorded perfection, it has a freshness and natural spontaneity with the raw edges still showing. The first couple of tunes have a world music flavour with to my ears a North African or Arabic flavour to them. An early highlight for me is the song Blackbird, which is one of my favourites on this album. The producer interestingly is Arthur Jeffes who leads Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but rather than his expected trademark sophisticated smooth chamber music exquisitely produced this is much more rough and ready, down to earth and natural. The songs are all taken from the Gypsy travelling oral tradition, and on a couple of tracks you hear an introduction from the old lady about the origin of the song, or original crude vocals interweaved. On first listening I found this quite challenging, and a bit more difficult to get into, but with repeated listens it definitely grows on you, and some of the later songs on the album are real gems. Critically this has been well received, gaining lots of plaudits from respected folk music critics so may feature highly in end of year album listings.
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I must say I had despaired a little of traditional English folk music, which had seemed stuck in something of rut. But I listened to Sam Lee with something of the excitement I remember when first hearing Martin Carthy in the 1960s. Unlike Cathy, he's not an instrumentalist, but he is a first-rate singer, and has put together a band which uses an extraordinary combination of sounds to support the songs, almost all of which were collected by Lee himself. Some are versions of well-known songs, others were quite new to me. Buy this if you have the remotest interest in traditional music.
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Sam Lee's 2015 The Fade in Time seems at first glance a typical folk album. Some of the songs such as Lord Gregory will already be familiar from other repetoires, but there is something fundamentally different about this music. Lee's own singing and the musical arrangements are far from familiar. Dramatic, arresting these are some of the words you could use, but also beautiful, deep, unforgettable. The whole album maintains a sense of mystery and darkeness, it never falters in mood and the penultimate track Lovely Molly just wont fade from memory.
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Can I give it 6?

Fantasticalisticalistic.

This is a conversation with the past.

If you don't love this you're in BIGBIG trouble.

You might neverever love again!!!
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All good. On time and as described. Happy.
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I own well over 1,000 CDs of diverse genres. I can honestly say that this is probably the most 'jaw-droppingly' brilliant album I have (even though this may generate accusations of comparing apples with oranges or in my case Robben Ford and Ian Siegal blues albums with those from an English 'folkie'!!). Sam Lee's first offering was superb so he'd already set the bar pretty high for himself - however, this recording surpasses 'Ground of its own'.

Sam Lee, as the previous reviewer has already noted, is one of those dedicated performers keeping the 'real' folk tradition alive but doing it in an extraordinarily original and contemporary way. This album draws on many influences from what is often generically referred to as 'world music' and assembles a remarkable array of musicians playing an equally remarkable array of instruments from cello to ukulele to cornet to jew's harp, shruti, piano and electric bass. If that sounds like a recipe for a muddle then you couldn't be more wrong - this is a meticulously constructed 'whole' that works from beginning to end. The final two tracks are worth the price of the whole CD on their own.

This man is a major talent whose name will never be 'household' as his music will only ever be appreciated by a relatively small audience. Personally, I love music that gives me a listening 'challenge' - that's not to say that this is a difficult listen - it's not - but the album does bear repeated listening as (just like his first CD) you'll find something new that you've not noticed before every time.

I'd class this album as 'absolutely essential'. My own 'album of the year' and we've still got 9 months to go!!
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